Running- Training Week 9

Monday: 4 mile Trail Run
Worst Run Ever!! Because of the lightning, I missed my run this morning. And between not eating before and the humidity, this run just wasn’t happening. I miss my watch and the running app I’m using is off. Overall a frustrating run.


Tuesday: 3 Mile Treadmill Run
I think the picture says it perfect. Three miles have never felt so long! I hate running on the treadmill, but I did it.

Thursday: 4 Mile Run
Woke up late today but I was able to get my run in. My hips feel a little stiff and the run was difficult. But I am glad I did it and feel great now that it’s done!!


Saturday: 8 Mile Run
Had a fantastic 8 mile run this morning!! The last mile was hard but worth it 🙂 I would have to say, this is my favorite pace. The run was really enjoyable. Good luck to anyone who ran Grandmas. We were with you in spirit!


Total Milage: 19 Miles


Running- Training Week Eight

This week was a complete fail! I was hardly able to run and things just didn’t really work out.

Monday- My husband left for the airport by 4:30 but I had been up since 2:30/3:00 because of my dog. Deciding to stay up, I tried jumping on the dreadmill, I mean treadmill. Yeah that didn’t work out so much. My watch wasn’t working and after running outside for so long, I just couldn’t go back.

1.5 Miles




Tuesday– Oh, I really needed this run. Like I mentioned before, my husband is out of town, my son has been sick and I have just had a couple stressful days. I am so lucky to have my Mom be able to come over and watch the kids so I could escape a little. My run was absolutely amazing and did I mention it was much needed 🙂 I ran with a great group of guys at run club and had a fun conversation the entire six miles.

6 Miles



Saturday– This run was at times hard but I did it. You are probably wondering why I am back to using an app on my phone.. Well, comes to find out my Forerunner 225 wasn’t always connecting to the satellites and wasn’t working the best. So off my watch goes to get replaced and in the mean time I am back to using my phone.

I actually only ran 7 miles. For some reason, the app was off so I am not ever sure if the time and my average pace is correct.. kind of frustrating.

Running1 Running2

I am really glad I was able to run the seven miles. The tape I use on my knee fell off and I was worried that would impact my running. But surprisingly, my knees felt great! What didn’t feel so great was the heat and humidity. That is also why there aren’t any fun pictures to add. It was so blasted hot, we focused on just getting the run done.

Total Milage for the Week– 14 miles 😦

Running- Training Week 7


Tuesday: 4 Mile Run

This was a difficult run. I started off way too fast. I tried running with Lifetime Running group today and it was enjoyable. A hard run but a fun group. I think next time I need to slow down and focus on my pace instead of trying to keep up. Lesson learned 🙂

Wednesday: 3 Mile Run

I don’t think this is my week for running. My legs felt like led and I couldn’t get into the run. I am sore from yesterdays run and probably should have taken today off. But it’s done and it’s three more miles under my belt. Surprisingly, my pace was still good- average around 10:07

Friday: 6 Mile Run

This was a great run. The weather was perfect with a cooling breeze. All but the last half mile or so was in zone two.

I love running with these two women! I look forward to our long runs each week!!

Sunday: 6 Mile run

Today was the day of the turtles! I stopped a couple times to take pictures but they were out in force this morning.

My run today was a mental struggle but I’m really glad I did it. It felt great even though the sun was really HOT!! But like I said, I stopped a couple times to take pictures. So I think that helped.


Total Milage: 19

Running- Training Week 6

Monday: 3 Mile Run

Zone three training today. It wasn’t the greatest run, I had to keep doubling back because I wasn’t paying close enough attention to where I was. And for some reason that really messes with my mind. I’m a bit disappointed in my pace. I think I could have gone faster but I just wasn’t focused this morning. I’m not sure what my deal was. Hopefully the rest of my runs this week will be better. But at least I beat the rain and was able to wear my new running skirt!!

Wednesday: 4 Mile Run

This was a hard run! I’m excited I was able to stay in zone three at this pace but the run wasn’t exactly the most enjoyable. I can’t believe it’s already humid and hot this morning.

Thursday: 3 Mile Hill Run

I hate hill day. After dragging my feet for 45 minutes, I went out and had a hard run. I pushed myself hard and would have liked to have ended on a faster pace. But honestly, I’m just glad I finished and pushed myself to do it. I’m not even sure if this qualifies as a hill run but it sure does for me.

Saturday: 6 Mile long run

I had such a great run this morning. I met up with a couple other friends who are training for a half with me.

These woman are amazing and I absolutely loved our run!! We went out thinking we were going to do five miles but ended up getting a little lost and running six. But honestly, I felt like I could have ran forever. We stayed in zone two, so it was a nice slow run.


Total Milage: 16 Miles


Running- Training Week 5

I don’t know if you know this but I have picked the half marathon I want to run. It’s on August 27. I am both excited and scared. This week is week five of 19… I still have a ways to go. Looking at my running now, it is a little daunting to think how far I have to go. But one mile at a time right 🙂

Monday: 3 miles

Wow, this was a horrid run!! My thighs are on fire and they felt incredible heavy during my run. I should have taken today off but I just had to run.. Sometimes I swear my competitiveness gets the better of me. I tell myself, it’s ok to go over a 10 minute mile but then when I do, I get really down on myself. Running a challenging 5 mile run and then the next day following it with a three mile.. not great. My thighs are still screaming at me and my run has been over for a couple hours now.

Wednesday: 4 mile run

Hands down, this was the best run ever!! After all the stress I have been going through this week, I really needed this run to be amazing and it didn’t let me down. I can’t believe I almost dropped 15 seconds off my pace. I’m not sure if that will be sustainable but it was awesome. Right when I started running, I found myself in my zone. The next thing I knew, I had ran past my turning point. Everything about this run felt right. It is runs like these that make me love being a runner!!

Thursday: 2 Mile hill run

Today was a slower pace hills run. My focus was my form so my pace went down some, but that’s ok. I am surprised how much information this watch gives me. Absolutely love!!! Overall, good run!!

Saturday: 4 mile run

My goal today was to run a SLOW run and stay in HR zone two. I won’t lie, there were some grunts of frustration and a couple eye rolls when my watch would sing at me to slow down. But I did it. That’s one for the books I guess..

Total miles for the week: 13

Running- What week am I on…

Monday: 4 Miles

It took me a while to get into my run today. But I really enjoyed the last mile to miles and half. I felt kind of rushed but love my morning runs! I do so much better when I am able to run in the morning than afternoon.

Thursday: 3 Miles

Damn Hills!! I had no idea going into this run all I would be doing is running up and down hills. This was a difficult workout!! I am know I need to to do them more often. But my thighs and knees kind of hurt now that I am done and sitting down.. I hope I didn’t push myself too hard and hurt something.

Sunday: 5 miles

I need to get a better handle of these hills. Not a bad run but it could have been better. Mile three I hit a hill that kind of killed my pace. I’m a little disappointed about that. But I ran and that’s what matters.

Overall, I missed one run this week. It was a short two mile run but it’s still no excuse.

Total milage: 12

Running- Week 14

Monday: 3 mile run

Oh, I loved this run! It was fun and I only struggled the last half mile. I went to my chiropractor today and he thinks I am improving enough that I only have to see him once a week!!! YES!!! I am finally getting there!

Wednesday: 3 mile run

I absolutely love running outside! My goal today was to slow down my pace but I just couldn’t.. I don’t know how long I will be able to keep pushing myself at this pace. My running coach tells me not to run in race pace every time but it’s like my body down’t want to slow down. I’m not sure what to do..

Friday: 2 mile run

Absolute horrible run! I don’t know what is wrong but today was just bad. My knee hurts, I couldn’t get into my zone, and the run just didn’t feel right. I know there will be good runs and bad but this was just horrible. Ugh, I hope tomorrows better!

Saturday: 4 mile run

Best Run Ever!! This was probably my best run all week. I met up with a new running partner who runs at the same pace as I do. As far as running partners go, she was absolutely perfect! What a great way to end my running week!


This week I took Tuesday and Thursday off and slept in more. Although I felt like my runs were better, I think I need to figure out a way to add in strength training or cross training of some kind.

Total miles ran: 12

Running- Week 13

Running Monday

Monday: 3 mile run at my faster pace
Monday felt good. My knees are getting stronger. Because I am activating my gluteus for the first time while running, I noticed my running gate was a little off. I think my body is trying to find it’s rhythm again.

Tuesday: Hour with personal trainer
I’ll be honest, this kind of sucked! It sucked because the trainer was really good at what he does and created an exercise routine that focuses on all the muscles that are weak because of my concussion from way back when. And it is both surprising and scary to realize just how weak some of my body is.

I’d like to think of myself as a very active person. I should be strong, but not all of me is. The trainer showed me how I can place a medium resistant band above my knees when doing squats. This takes some of the pressure off my knees, lets them line up easier, and helps me focus most of my energy on activating my glutes.


Wednesday: 3 Mile run at my regular pace, 15 minutes lifting weights
I thought this run was interesting. My regular pace kind of drags now. If you are wondering about the odd numbers, I didn’t restart the treadmill after my warm up (10minutes). And then I also did a 5 minute cool down. After my run and after doing some weights, I had to call it quits. My body is beyond exhausted!!


Thursday: 2 mile run and training session workout
I hate life today. This is day five of raining without a glimpse of clear skies or the sun. My body is exhausted and I am not sure how I am functioning. I need a break!!!

Friday: BREAK DAY!!!!!

Saturday: I just couldn’t find the motivation to run and my knee was killing me. I woke up around 2am Friday morning from knee pain and all day Friday my left knee was killing me. Today, my knee is better but it still hurts. I am going to move my long run to tomorrow and hope it feels better.


Sunday: 4 miles
I absolutely loved my run today!! It was amazing and felt great. But once again MapMyRun on my phone stopped working… It crashed while I was running so I have no idea what my pace was. I hate it and it is so frustrating!! Ugh, I hate when technology doesn’t work.

Total milage: 12

Running- Week 12

Monday: 2 miles walk/run
Wow, I am hurting today. I can still feel the effects of getting into wheat from Saturday. Usually I am a bit better than this. But as you can imagine, the run was horrible. I had to walk an enormous amount of times and wanted to die. Yeah Mondays!

Tuesday-Wednesday: Haha, yeah right!
So come to find out I was still eating wheat and ended up getting sick again last night. I think my husband and I have it figured out now. We think the protein powder, although gluten free is also processed in a facility that processes wheat. So I was getting cross contaminated. Not fun. My body feels like it is destroyed and I want to die..

Thursday: 1 Mile
Yes, you read that right, one stinking mile. I don’t want to push myself and get hurt so I am trying to ease back into this. My stomach is a bit better but I am not where I was.

Friday: 3 Miles

I wish I could say that the run was great but it wasn’t. I decided to run with my dog and it did not go well. Two bikers spooked him because they didn’t warn they were passing and as a result he almost tripped me. That with a couple other difficult spots.. lets just say I need to work with him more before he comes back out with me.

Saturday: 4 miles


I am actually really proud with my pace. Although when I reached mile 4, I wanted to die and really struggled to push through. Seeing as my average pace is 10:30, I probably should have slowed down the first three miles. But being as competitive and stubborn as I am, I didn’t.

I still don’t feel like I am back to where I was before getting gluten in my system, but I will get there. I just need to keep plugging the miles. Total miles this week: 10

Running- Week 11


Monday: hour long FIT class
This is a functional Integrated Training class that moves through all planes of motion. The focus is core strength and yes, the class is extremely difficult. But on a positive note, I bought new running shoes!!

Tuesday: Ran 2 miles

Running 1

I am so unbelievably sore after Monday’s class. I don’t think it helps that I am stuck on a treadmill. But running today was a bit torturous.

Wednesday: 3 mile run

Running 2

Ok, this run felt good!. I was able to get into my zone and get lost within the endorphins. This is why I love running!

Thursday: 2 mile run

Running 3

I am going to be honest, my body is in desperate need of a break! My leg muscles are screaming at me and I am honestly contemplating taking an ice bath.

Friday: Rest Day!!

Saturday-Sunday: SICK!!

Saturday my goal was to run 4 miles. But instead I was up at 3 am sick from somehow accidentally eating gluten. I can honestly tell you the pain I feel from this is worse than what I felt when giving birth to my kids. Everything hurts and even having my undergarments touch me feels excruciating! I will be lucky if I am able to run come Monday…

Total Milage: 7 miles